My Chilli Garlic Tomato Prawns

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Sometimes I follow recipes or really plan a meal myself from specific ingredients but other times I just see what I have in the fridge and cupboards and go with the flow. This is how I create some of my favourite dishes and it’s what I think cooking is all about, experimenting and having fun in the kitchen. This is exactly how I made My Chilli Garlic Tomato Prawns, they are so tasty and super quick to make so perfect for mid week dinner. This recipe is also the one you want if you are coming down with cold or flu symptoms due to the volatile oils in chilli and garlic.

Chillies, as well as adding such a strong spicy flavour to a dish, are so good for you. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which is why they are said to help remove toxins from the body and lower cholesterol. They can also aid digestion, reduce cravings and boost metabolism. Another super health booster in this recipe is garlic. Garlic is known for helping circulation and digestion as well as boosting the immune system. So get cooking! 

The Most Perfect Weekend and What I’ll Take From It

I am so lucky to have a big family and I am at my most happiest when surrounded by them all. Last weekend 18 of us went for a long weekend away to The Peak District where we stayed in the most beautiful huge house in the middle of nowhere surrounded by breathtaking views, valleys and the odd local pub.

One of my favourite things about the break was our morning walks. We’d wake up and ,before breakfast, all go on a country walk together with the dogs. It was so uplifting and also calming to be surrounded by so much nature and to walk with no plan or time limit but to just explore and experience the moment.

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It almost made me start to think I’d love to live somewhere like this one day, to be able to have this precious time every morning, to breathe fresh air, walk past boars and hens and discover secret waterfalls but the reason it was so special is because I am a city/suburbs girl through and through.

Although, I think I’d like to go on more walks at home. I do walk a lot but it’s always to get from A to B. Do you ever just walk for the fun of it? It’s my quarter year resolution. We have Greenwich park so near so I’ll start there, it is a lot nicer in the spring so I can’t wait for spring to come and I’ll get my walking boots on. Okay perhaps walking boots is a step to far!

Another thing I loved about our weekend away was the fact I didn’t watch TV or go on my Ipad once in the whole three days and I didn’t miss it one bit. Instead we entertained ourselves and just enjoyed each others company. We played cards, articulate, charades, hide and seek, back to base, make believe dragons den…yes I know and it was the most fun I’ve had in ages.

I’m going to try to have a games/cards night a few times a month. Why not! Doesn’t everyone love Christmas games but I swear that’s the only time the games come out in the whole year. Kind of like pancakes and Pancake Day!

Why do we limit the good things in life! Let’s abandon those limitations. Be a kid, be silly, dance for no reason, walk with no direction and love your loved ones unconditionally.

Here’s a video of our weekend away and my beautiful family. Filmed and edited by George Rose.

A 3 minute Eggy Brekkie

I know we all lead busy lives and breakfast time is perhaps the busiest time of the day. But breakfast is, as you probably know, the most important meal to get right. I love a sweet breakfast, give me porridge, smoothies, honey and fruit any day but I rarely fancy eggs or savoury foods. So this recipe is basically a cross between scrambled eggs, porridge and a pancake!

I know that eggs are a fabulous food to have in the morning. The protein and fat in eggs will keep your energy levels way higher than the standard cereal or toast keeping you fuller for longer. As someone who doesn’t eat loads of meat, eggs are a great option for me as they are a complete protein containing all essential amino acids. Choline, an essential nutrient, found in eggs is great for brain development, function and improving alertness. As I say, just what you need in the mornings!

So this breakfast only contains 4 simple ingredients and you just need a microwave and 3 minutes. The banana and cinnamon means you won’t need honey or sugar making this recipe free of refined sugar, something you absolutely want to avoid in the morning.

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A Conversation with…Holistic Health Coach Lydia McCall

Let me introduce you to Lydia. Just like me, Lydia promotes a healthy happy lifestyle in mind, body and spirit. Everyone has there own story of how they found and took on the philosophy of abundant living and I thought we’d find out a little more about Lydia’s way of life, what she offers clients and some of her tasty recipes. Lydia trained with The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and now sees clients on a one to one basis and creates personal programmes to support their individual goals.

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Hi Lydia, tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am Holistic Health Coach, living in London. I work with woman to bring them back into balance. Supporting them in creating a loving relationship with themselves and their body and work through any health issues that they maybe have, ranging from digestive issues, sugar addiction, stress. Whatever the issues may be, I am there to support them.

My Root Vegetable Quinoa Recipe

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My Root Vegetable Quinoa Recipe

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian and Vegan

Being healthy doesn’t have to be boring or expensive, it’s exciting, varied and fun if you plan and prepare. At this stage you might disagree but it’s only because you haven’t tried, experimented and discovered new foods and flavours yet and when you do a whole new world will appear before your eyes. You may have heard of  ‘meat free Mondays’, I don’t eat a lot of meat during the week as I like to get meat from my local organic butchers when I do it eat it so I only have it a couple of times a week as it’s a little more expensive. I therefore love creating filling vegetarian dishes for my evening meal.

Why I Love and Eat Chocolate! (Yes you read that right)

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Hands up! I am a chocoholic! I’m not addicted to it and I could definitely go without it but quite frankly I don’t want to! I don’t touch sweets, crisps, donuts or biscuits and never even crave sugars like that but I do LOVE chocolate! I mean it just makes me feel goooood!!

I’m talking dark choc! 80% plus or even raw if I can get it, my favorite is Santa Barbara Chocolate vegan baking chocolate, It stands up great to heat in the oven (no white exterior, that’s so weird) and its just as good straight from the package! And thank goodness that studies are starting to show that there are some true health benefits to eating chocolate. In an article on The Huffington Post UK experts claim it can even help you lose weight. I believe that’s down to dieters including a small amount in there diet as a treat which then wards off any cravings for other sweet or salty foods. Now my personal intention isn’t to lose weight but I don’t mind another reason to keep eating it. So why else am I loving chocolate…

What I’m Loving- Tabata!

Tabata- sounds like a kind of dip for carrots and breadsticks but no no in fact it’s a pretty awesome type of fitness training. It’s so simple but effective and I’ve been loving it recently to give myself a heart pumping, short but sweet workout.

The method is 20 seconds training followed by 10 seconds recovery and then repeat 8 times, giving you a 4 minute intense cardio hit.

You can do as many rounds as you like and use a range of different cardio, training, weight or even Pilates exercises. My personal favourite and killer high intensity exercise to do for Tabata is burpees and if you don’t know what a burpee is then you can find out here.

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“Doing as little as 4 minutes (or one “Tabata”) can increase your aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, VO2 max, resting metabolic rate, and can help you burn more fat (and make you look 200-percent leaner) than a traditional 60-minute aerobic workout.” Shape magazine

How to ‘TO DO’

You may now address me as ‘notepad girl’. I am without a doubt always carrying a notepad in my bag and I have done for as long as I could write. Ever since I had a journal in school, I’ve felt the need to write everything down and make endless ‘to do’ lists. Now do not mistake this for a sign that I am a super organized person because this is far from the case. No matter how much I try to organize my life on paper, it never seems to go to plan in reality.

Help me…

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Simple Lentil Lunch

I try to take a packed lunch as much as I can, it normally ends up being 3 times a week depending on whether I am working late and have enough time to prepare but I always feel so much better taking a homemade lunch. The typical English option is a sandwich or roll however this is not the a great choice if you are using standard processed bread and stodgy fillings such as mayonnaise and butter.

There are so many healthier interesting nutritious alternatives you could prepare, it just takes a little experimenting,some planning on Sunday afternoon and a few bits of Tupperware.

This simple lentil lunch is so easy and quick to make. The mushrooms and red pepper give you a dose of vitamins and cooking in coconut oil means your get a delicious addition of healthy fats. I love anything in the form of stew, it must be a texture thing but I think everything tastes better in a stew. The ‘ready to eat’ puy lentils are so versatile and ‘faff’ free and the chickpeas are a filling crunchy extra.

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